Australia thwarts ‘Islamic-inspired’ plane attack plot

National carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has sold the remaining of its Boeing 777-200ER jets to brace for a major fleet upgrade with more cost-efficient airliners. The airline has inked deals with U.S. aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney to sell its last four Boeing 777-200ER’s and one PW4090 jet engine for upwards of US$70.7 million, ending the airliner’s 15-year service in the fleet. First commissioned by the flag carrier in April 2003, Boeing 777-200ER’s have made nearly 101,000 flights for the Vietnamese airline during their service. The jets have transported nearly 22.9 million passengers flying on 16 of Vietnam Airlines’ international routes to seven countries, as well as daily domestic flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The wide-body, twin-engine jet airliners maintained a perfect safety record during their 15-year history in VNA’s fleet. With 1,460 planes manufactured as of 2016, Boeing 777 was one of the best-selling models ever produced by the Boeing Company, an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes worldwide. The commissioning of Boeing 777-200ER’s enabled Vietnam Airlines to open its first direct flight routes to multiple European countries, including France, Russia, Germany, and the UK. “The fleet accomplished its mission with excellence, leaving a major imprint in our history of development over the past 15 years,” said Phan Xuan Duc, VNA deputy general director. A video compiled by Vietnam Airlines and posted on its official Facebook page to bid farewell to its Boeing 777-200ER fleet …... [read more]

People watch as coverage of an ICBM missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. Photo by AFP/Kim Won-Jin. US President Donald Trump warned Saturday that he would not allow China to "do nothing" on North Korea, after the hermit state launched an intercontinental ballistic missile test it boasted could reach the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un boasted of his country's ability to strike any target in the US after the ICBM test that weapons experts said could even bring New York into range -- in a major challenge to Trump. Under Kim's leadership, North Korea has accelerated its drive towards a credible nuclear strike capability, in defiance of international condemnation and multiple sets of UN sanctions. In his critique of Beijing, which came in two tweets, Trump linked trade strains with the Asian giant -- marked by a trade deficit of $309 billion last year -- to policy on North Korea, after South Korea indicated it was speeding the deployment of a US missile defense system that has infuriated China. "I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk," Trump wrote. US 'within striking range'  Kim said the test "is meant to send a grave warning to the US" and demonstrated the North's ability to launch "at any place and time," the…... [read more]

North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved its ability to strike America's mainland, drawing a sharp warning from U.S. President Donald Trump and a rebuke from China. However, later on Saturday Trump wrote on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" in China and that Beijing had done "nothing" for the United States in regards to North Korea, something he would not allow to continue. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the midnight launch of the missile on Friday night and said it was a "stern warning" for the United States that it would not be safe from destruction if it tries to attack, the North's official KCNA news agency said. North Korea's state television broadcast pictures of the launch, showing the missile lifting off in a fiery blast in darkness and Kim cheering with military aides. "The test-fire reconfirmed the reliability of the ICBM system, demonstrated the capability of making a surprise launch of the ICBM in any region and place any time, and clearly proved that the whole U.S. mainland is in the firing range of the DPRK missiles, (Kim) said with pride," KCNA said. Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 is pictured during its second test-fire in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. KCNA via Reuters. DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. China, the North's main ally, said it opposed…... [read more]

Security has been increased at Australian airports after police foiled "Islamic-inspired" plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested on Saturday, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have confirmed. "In recent days, law enforcement has become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist act using an improvised device," AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said during a press conference with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday, adding: "We do believe it is Islamic-inspired terrorism. Exactly what is behind this is something that we will need to investigate fully. "At this time we don’t have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time. However, we are investigating information indicating that the aviation industry was potentially a target ..." Five properties were searched on Saturday across the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park. The commissioner said four of those searches may continue for days. An AFP spokesman told Reuters the men had not been charged as of Sunday morning. Turnbull said advice from Australian security and intelligence agencies had led to increased security measures at Sydney airport on Thursday, while the country's other domestic and international airports were affected from Saturday. "Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be," Turnbull said. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks as Australia's Minister for Justice Michael Keenan listens on during a media conference in…... [read more]

Hanoi, July 29 (VNA) – Australia and New Zealand have huge potential for Vietnamese products like farm produce, aquatic products, coffee, cashew, computers, telephones and garments, said Nguyen Phuc Nam, deputy director of the Department of Asia-Pacific Market under the Ministry of Industry and Trade at a conference held in Hanoi on July 28.  The ASEAN-Australia- New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which took effect from January 1, 2010, plays a key role in enhancing economic relations, trade and investment between ASEAN and Australia and New Zealand, Nam said.  Within the agreement framework, ASEAN countries can enjoy 90 to 100 per cent tariff reductions in Australian and New Zealand markets, and Vietnamese firms should take full advantage of this potential, he said.  He noted that Australia and New Zealand were among the biggest importers in the world since both economies are largely dependent on imported products.  Vietnam’s chief exports to these two markets include agricultural products, seafood, coffee beans, cashews, electronics parts, textiles, footwear and construction material.  If the AANZFTA was utilized well, Vietnamese producers could enjoy all the privileges contained therein, boosting export turnover and earning handsome profits, Nam said.  Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that trade between Vietnam and Australia hit 5.26 billion USD in 2016, up 6.5 percent year-on-year. Particularly, Vietnam enjoyed trade surplus of 480 million USD with Australia in the year.  According to Phan Thi Dieu Linh, expert from the Department of…... [read more]

The second Vietnam Private Sector Forum (VPSF), chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, is scheduled to be held on July 31 at Melia Hanoi. The first Vietnam Private Sector Forum in 2016 With the theme “From the Party Central Committee's Resolution 5 to the Action Programme of the Private Sector in Vietnam,” the forum will focus on discussions and dialogue between the government and the private sector in three key areas: agriculture, tourism, and the digital economy. Besides, trade facilitation, which is considered essential to the development of economic sectors, will be an important topic for discussion. In the framework of the forum, the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs’ Association (VYEA) and the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) will be held to co-operate to develop the forum in the upcoming years. After the forum, the organisation board will publish VPSF’s White Book in August. This year the forum will welcome 1,000 delegates, representing the government, ministries, departments, leaders of cities and provinces, international organisations, and business associations, as well as economic experts and numerous CEOs from Vietnamese and foreign enterprises. VPSF is an initiative of VYEA and MBI, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Government. The forum is considered a bridge between the government, public authorities, and the private sector for continuous and close consultation on public and private…... [read more]

Seafood processed at Ngo Quyen Export JSC in Kien Giang for export to Australia. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Australia and New Zealand have huge potential for Vietnamese products like farm produce, aquatic products, coffee, cashew, computers, telephones and garments, said Nguyen Phuc Nam, deputy director of the Department of Asia-Pacific Market under the Ministry of Industry and Trade at a conference held in Hanoi on July 28. The ASEAN-Australia- New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which took effect from January 1, 2010, plays a key role in enhancing economic relations, trade and investment between ASEAN and Australia and New Zealand, Nam said. Within the agreement framework, ASEAN countries can enjoy 90 to 100 per cent tariff reductions in Australian and New Zealand markets, and Vietnamese firms should take full advantage of this potential, he said. He noted that Australia and New Zealand were among the biggest importers in the world since both economies are largely dependent on imported products. Vietnam’s chief exports to these two markets include agricultural products, seafood, coffee beans, cashews, electronics parts, textiles, footwear and construction material. If the AANZFTA was utilized well, Vietnamese producers could enjoy all the privileges contained therein, boosting export turnover and earning handsome profits, Nam said. Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that trade between Vietnam and Australia hit 5.26 billion USD in 2016, up 6.5 percent year-on-year. Particularly, Vietnam enjoyed trade surplus of 480 million USD with Australia in the…... [read more]

In five successive months, the number of international visitors to the country reached one million. According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, 6.1 million holiday-makers come to Vietnam by air, a year-on-year increase of 31.3 percent while 178,101 voyagers arrived in Vietnam, a rise of 13.3 percent compared to same period last year and 945,886 people by road, a surge of 17.3 percent compared same period last year. The number of Chinese tourists going to Vietnam reached 2.2 million, a 51 percent increase from the number in January 2016. The number of Russian, South Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Taiwan also went up with 49.3 percent, 46.8 percent, 30.1 percent, 27.8 percent, 23.6 percent, 23.4 percent, and 20.8 percent respectively. African tourists also increase with 19,973 people, a year-in-year surge of 28.1 percent. It is estimated that local tourists in first seven months were 46.9 million, bringing revenue of VND306,700 billion, up 25.7 percent compared to same period last year. According to the plan, in 2017, the tourism sector has to welcome 13 million tourists from all corner of the world. Head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van Tuan said that the tourism sector adopted some measures. They are promotion campaign in and out of the country, especially concentrating key markets such as China, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia. In addition, the sector should have more tourism products to attract holiday-makers in Vietnam longer and spend more during the stay. The sector…... [read more]

Doan Thi Huong (blue) at the court in Sepang, Malaysia.(Source: AFP/VNA) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia and Malaysian lawyers defending Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese suspect in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea citizen Kim Chol, were present at the High Court of Shah Alam City on July 28 to protect her legitimate rights and interests. After the trial concluded, the embassy’s representatives and lawyers discussed with Huong about following litigation procedures. In the time ahead, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue close coordination with domestic agencies involved, the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia and Malaysian lawyers to ensure Huong's legitimate rights and interests are protected. Doan Thi Huong, 28, is one of the two women suspects in the murder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) man named Kim Chol at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.  Malaysia said Kim Chol was poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood pressure and diabetes.  At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to take part in an innocuous prank. According to the Malaysian law, they would face the death penalty if found guilty.-VNA... [read more]

As a result, ransomware attacks soared around the globe by more than 11% in the 12 months leading to March 2017, said the report.Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid. Operators commonly specify ransom payments in bitcoins. Recent ransomware variants have also listed alternative payment options using iTunes and Amazon gift cards. Ransomware infections were initially limited to Russia, but its popularity and profitable business model soon rapidly spread to other countries across Europe and North America. According to the report by Kaspersky Lab, the total number of users around the globe who encountered ransomware between April 2016 and March 2017 rose by 11.4% compared to the previous 12 months, from 2,315,931 to 2,581,026. As a result, the report said companies both large and small are starting to realize that cybersecurity services must become an integral part of their normal internal IT department’s function. However, the report also said that a shortage of qualified IT security professionals contributes to the challenge all companies face in ramping up their internal cybersecurity offering. A recently published Enterprise Strategy Group research report, Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations in Transition, reached a similar conclusion to that of the Kaspersky Lab report. In its survey, 412 cybersecurity and IT professionals were asked about the size and skill set…... [read more]




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